Presbyterian Planning Calendar Pre-Orders Available

POJ is accepting orders for 2019-2020 Presbyterian planning calendars. The calendars, which begin in September 2019, will ship to POJ in August. The price per calendar is $10.50 through June 19. Payment may be made by credit card or check. Ready to find out more? Go 2018-2019 calendar shown above

Big Tent: Called to a Movement Beyond Institution

Expand your horizons of faith and engagement in God’s mission at PC(USA)’s 2019 Big Tent, August 1-3 in Baltimore. The theme Called to a Movement beyond Institution–based on Romans 12:2–will emphasize our hope of the Gospel and its power to challenge institutional conventions. Opportunities are endless at Big Tent; sessions cover mission, stewardship, earth care,

Disaster Relief Team Returning to North Carolina in June

POJ’s Disaster Relief Ministry is organizing a return trip to New Bern, North Carolina in early June to continue aiding the area in recovering from Hurricane Florence. Volunteers of all skill levels are desired. The trip is June 1-8. The group will leave from Southminster Church, which is providing logistics and accounting support. In North

Nominations Needed for 2020 General Assembly

The Committee on Nominations seeks nominees to represent Presbytery of the James at General Assembly, June 20-27, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland. The positions to be filled are six alternate commissioners and two young adult advisory delegates (one delegate and one alternate). Nominate ruling elders, ministers of Word and Sacrament, or young adults with gifts for this

Highlights of 101st Stated Meeting

The 101st Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of the James took place on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church in Richmond. As it was my first meeting, the commissioners and guests were quite gracious as we navigated the work together. Thank you for your warm welcome. I look forward with joy to

Session Minutes Due March 1 for Annual Review

The annual review of church session minutes will occur soon. Clerks should send copies of minutes from stated and called session meetings as well as congregational meetings in 2018 to their assigned reader. Find your reader using the document linked below. Minutes are due to the reader by March 1. Reader Assignments 2019 Other helpful

Introducing POJ’s New Logo

Presbytery of the James has a new logo. The design’s water imagery represents the river for which our presbytery is named as well as Jesus as the living water (John 4:1-42). Please update your printed and online materials with this new logo.

Greetings from Fred Holbrook

Dear Friends in Christ, It is a joy for me to begin service with you in the Presbytery of the James. I started this week with a prayer of thanksgiving for the faithful and diligent service of Carson Rhyne whose ministry throughout these 22 plus years has been remarkable. Franklin Reding, Carson, and I gathered

Changing of the Guard

Rev. H. Carson Rhyne Jr.’s last day as general presbyter and stated clerk of Presbytery of the James (POJ), a position he has held for more than 21 years, is Friday, November 30. He will become honorably retired on February 28, 2019. Carson has served as a visionary for the presbytery by establishing a mentorship